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ATF: Zlatan Arrives In L.A., Could Play Saturday

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Portland

USL MATCH PREVIEW | T2 at Real Monarchs SLC | March 29, 2018 - 12 noon PT | Portland Timbers
Playing their third-straight match on the road, T2 travel to face Real Monarchs SLC on Saturday, March 31, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah; kickoff is set for 12 noon (Pacific).

Sounders will host Portland Timbers in fourth round of US Open Cup

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The last time these teams met under these circumstances things got very ... interesting.

The Seattle Sounders will enter the 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup in the fourth round like the other 19 U.S.-based MLS teams. Unlike the vast majority of them, the Sounders will be facing another MLS team on June 14.

Catching Up: MLS Teams to Join Open Cup During Copa America Break

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Time for some housekeeping.

It came out late last week that teams from Major League Soccer will be entering into the 2016 edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup during competition's fourth round on Wednesday, July 15th.

With a number of players sure to be gone for the Copa America Centenario from June 3rd to 26th, the first round of MLS matches will certainly be missing some first team players.

Baseless Speculation: Why is Liga Portugal Following MLS Teams on Twitter?

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On Thursday interesting things will start to happen: the schedule will be announced, the combine will kick off, and hopefully all of this dang ice that is currently coating Portland will have melted away. In the mean time, however, we have got to make due with what we have got.

In this instance, what we have got is the twitter account of the Portuguese top flight following a whole bunch of MLS teams and, interestingly, a number of Portland Timbers specific accounts.

Getting to know Caleb Porter: Developing young talent

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With the international break this weekend I thought this would be a good time to take a closer look at the Portland Timbers' new coach, Caleb Porter. Before we knew for certain Caleb Porter was going to be the Portland Timbers' new head coach Gavin Wilkinson talked about the new coach. Here is the quote:

Just an up and coming coach that has the potential to be one of the best in the league.

MLS Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The international break means that most MLS teams are out of action this week, but there are still a pair of games Wednesday night, including one that will have the attention of all of the teams in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

The Columbus Crew, winners of four straight games and unbeaten in their last six, can end the night as high as third place in the East and be within a point of second-place New York.

MLS Recap: Week 27

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Article by Pedro Gomes

Although it might have been Labor Day Weekend around America, MLS teams were putting in plenty of hard work to secure Playoff Spots heading into the post season. Let's take a look back and enjoy the action across the league as the post season contenders and post season pretenders are becoming clearer each game.

Major League Soccer

A look at each new kit for the 2018 MLS season

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Every MLS team will debut at least one new look in 2018. From new primary kits to brand new uniforms on the road, there are plenty of new jersey options to stew over this year.

While many MLS teams have moved towards white and black options, several teams took the chance to spice things up.

Who Your MLS Side Should Take in Tomorrow’s SuperDraft

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By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Jan 18, 2018) US Soccer Players - On Friday, all 23 MLS teams will convene in Philadelphia for the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. This marks the 19th iteration of the MLS SuperDraft, where a record 92 selections will be made. Don't be fooled by the increasing number of picks.

MLS Transfer Deadline Day Recap

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With the secondary transfer window now closed, a few MLS teams made key moves to strengthen their roster for a late-season push to the playoffs. Here's a look at all of the completed moves from yesterday's deadline, along with past transfers from this window:

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New Earthquakes president looking to spend intelligently on new signings

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SAN JOSE MLS teams don't often appoint a former English Premier League executive as their team's new president. The Premier League is a league with lavish spending that boasts the illusion of unlimited cash, far different to tight salary cap restrains in America.

For the San Jose Earthquakes, appointing Tom Fox as successor to Dave Kaval's seven-year tenure as president comes at a time when the club is set open their pockets for the summer transfer window.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 4)

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It may have been an international break, but several MLS teams took the field last week, signaling several moves up and down the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

Last week's big winner was FC Dallas, who stormed past a helpless D.C. United side to once again demonstrate just how dangerous the team's attack can be.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 4)

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It may have been an international break, but several MLS teams took the field last week, signaling several moves up and down the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

Last week's big winner was FC Dallas, who stormed past a helpless D.C. United side to once again demonstrate just how dangerous the team's attack can be.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 2)

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MLS has long been known as a league of parity, but few could of predictedthe results of this past weekend.

In a week that saw several projected favorites fall, several MLS teams picked up statement victories to surge their way up the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

MLS Week 1: So many games on Sunday

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All 20 MLS teams opened their 2016 regular season schedules on Sunday with Toronto FC beating the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena. Read More

The field and schedule announced for the 102nd Lamar Hunt U.S Open Cup tournament

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U.S. Soccer announced today the field and schedule for the 102nd Lamar Hunt tournament. The big news is the size of the field 91 teams including all 47 professional teams from the top divisions of USSF. The other 44 come from various amateur leagues in the U.S. and include teams such as the Madison Fire, Ocala Stampede, the legendary Brooklyn Italians, and PSA Elites.

The field and schedule announced for the 102nd Lamar Hunt U.S Open Cup tournament

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U.S. Soccer announced today the field and schedule for the 102nd Lamar Hunt tournament. The big news is the size of the field 91 teams including all 47 professional teams from the top divisions of USSF. The other 44 come from various amateur leagues in the U.S. and include teams such as the Madison Fire, Ocala Stampede, the legendary Brooklyn Italians, and PSA Elites.

How do MLS teams win?

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Tony Edwards argues that what parity really means in MLS is the same handful of teams the most likely to win. Read More

MLS and USL PRO announce milestone player development agreement

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By IVES GALARCEP

Major League Soccer and USL-PRO announced a long-rumored player development partnership on Wednesday that will change the MLS development landscape in a significant way in the coming years.

Beginning in 2013, USL PRO and MLS Reserve League teams will take part in interleague play while soe MLS teams will establish exclusive affiliation deals with USL PRO teams.

MLS Teams Need Wins in Champions League

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The final week of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage begins on Tuesday, and there is plenty of interest for fans of Major League Soccer. All of the matches can be seen on FOX Soccer. Here's a breakdown of each [...]

The post MLS Teams Need Wins in Champions League appeared first on Soccer Perspectives.

Eight MLS teams set for Tracy lottery

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Come Thursday morning, Marcus Tracy will have an MLS team to call his home.

The weighted lottery for the former Wake Forest standout, Hermann Trophy winner and Aalborg BK striker will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday.Of the 17 eligible teams for the lottery (Vancouver and Colorado are prohibited after winning the rights to Lee Nguyen and Kamani Hill earlier this season), eight are participating, MLS announced Wednesday evening.

MLS Notes: Thompson seeks trade, San Jose clinch playoff berth, and more

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By JOEY SAMUEL

Wells Thompson has seen his playing time dwindle in a big way this season, and now he's looking to move on to greener pastures.

The Colorado Rapids announced on Sunday that the midfielder has requested to be traded to another team in Major League Soccer.

Friday Five: Questions, Thoughts Going Into The Weekend

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This is something I am thinking of either doing from time to time or even on a weekly basis. Just some random thoughts, questions going into the weekend for the state of MLS and US Soccer. With a FIFA date upon us, a lot of MLS players are out with their respective countries, while some MLS teams either have games (one league game and a few friendlies are on the menu this weekend) or others are off completely hoping to get back in the swing of things for the playoff push.

Philadelphia Union

Can the Union be a destination team for young Americans?

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MLS teams give fewer minutes to young Americans than the biggest European leagues give to their respective domestics. This is an opportunity for the Union. New PSP columnist Pete Mazzaccaro explains.

Major Link Soccer: Liga MX to air on Facebook

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Univision will air matches in English in the US only.

Seattle

Former Sounder and Charleston Battery midfielder Michael Azira's foundation, which raises money for children in rural Uganda, is having a fundraiser for the rest of February.

MLS

RSL Soapbox ranked which MLS teams their fans should hate the least; not surprisingly, the Sounders are pretty far down.

Seattle Sounders

Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/9/17

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Weekend links on MLS Cup weekend.

Philadelphia Union News

Assessing Philadelphia Union's inconsistent 2017 campaign
The Philadelphia Union had an inconsistent 2017. There were many problems; the players, coaches and front office failed. Here's PSN's assessment.

Assessing the Offseason: Are the Timbers Better or Worse?

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With the benefit of hindsight, it is clear this was going to be a difficult offseason for the Portland Timbers as it was for many MLS teams. The reason is relatively simple: As a result of the CBA, the salary cap is lower than teams anticipated, making the 2015-2016 offseason largely an exercise in preserving their rosters rather than upgrade them.

Labor Day Union Freekicks - The Hackworth Era Begins

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Happy labor day, everyone! Today's open thread for all things Union, MLS, barbeque, etc.

Monday MLS Breakdown: John Hackworth plans for his permanent future in Philadelphia [Kyle McCarthy, Goal.com] - "Player development and team building rank high on the agenda as Hackworth attempts to continue the work started during his interim reign with the Union.

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St. Louis MLS stadium deal fails, Dallas falls in CCL semis, & more: Freedom Kicks for April 5, 2017

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MLS teams has seen better days.

Welcome to Wednesday, folks, where tonight the Vancouver Whitecaps hope to earn what FC Dallas could not last night: a trip to the CONCACAF Champions League final. It was a heartbreaking evening for MLS last night, so let's just get right into it:

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Trying to Sort CCL Group Options for D.C. United

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In which we try to figure out who the lads may see in the fall.

With this coming out the other day, I figured it may be time for a diversion to see how things stack up for D.C. United.

So CONCACAF Champions League Draw will be on June 1st at The W Hotel on South Beach #SCCL

- Juan Arango (@JuanG_Arango) May 12, 2015

What's the CONCACAF Champions League you ask?

Colorado Rapids

CONCACAF Champions League Changes

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Today CONCACAF announced changes in the Champions League format starting with the 2017-18 cycle the Rapids have qualified for. Instead of playing in a group stage this fall, MLS teams will move right to a 16-team knockout tournament held in Feb-May of 2018. The 4 MLS qualifiers will be joined in the tournament by 4 Mexican teams, the Canadian champion, the 5 major Central American league champs (all but Belize and Nicaragua), the Caribbean Club Champion, and the winner of the fall 2017 CCL tournament.

Some Housekeeping Notes

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A couple of housekeeping articles today.

US Soccer has released the format of the 2015 U.S. Open Cup. The 17 American MLS team will enter in Round 4 on June 16th and 17th along with the 15 winners of Round 3. Because of this two MLS teams will play each other in round 4 while the other 15 teams are matched up with the Round 3 winners.

Can't Miss September MLS Match-ups

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From a national perspective, only so many MLS teams are rocking their stadiums and showing off fun talent with highlight style goals.

It's hard to replicate the aura involved with rivalry matches. But, there needs to be a sufficient amount of marquee matches to rally around from week to week.

The Rest

Selling Homegrown Players just got a lot more lucrative

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MLS teams can now keep 100 percent of the transfer fee from academy products.

The MLS transfer game is getting a bit more lucrative. Although there's been no formal league announcement, news of Montreal Impact Homegrown Player Ballou Tabla being sold to FC Barcelona's B team for a "seven-figure" sum was accompanied by a nugget of information that could dramatically alter the incentive for MLS teams to sell players.

A look back at the 2018 MLS Draft

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The 2018 MLS Draft is in the books. It started with Los Angeles FC taking Joao Moutinho with the first overall pick, end ended with defending champions Toronto FC taking Gonzaga defender Ben White with the 92nd overall selection. In one of the many trades to take place leading up to, and including, draft day, LAFC was able to snag two of the top three picks in the first round.

Some Soccer News for Nov 8, 2017

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It's Day 312 of 2017.


Looks like 2 of the 3 MLS teams currently without a head coach are about to change that:
  • Montreal has hired Frenchman Remi Garde.
  • New England is hiring former USA star Brad Friedel.
  • That leaves Colorado as the only team currently looking for a head coach.

Sounders will look to win fifth US Open Cup against largest field ever

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99 teams will be involved in the 104th edition.

If the Seattle Sounders want to win their fifth US Open Cup, they will have to play against the largest field ever assembled. The US Soccer Federation announced that 99 teams will take part in the 104th edition of the tournament. The initial pairings announcement will take place on April 12.

2016 MLS Superdraft: Players to watch, sleepers and stars

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These ten guys are players to watch as their stocks should fall or soar on draft day

Very rarely MLS teams find an immediate starter who puts up 10 goals and 10 assists or leads a defense to a league leading goals against average, but teams do find players who can blossom into that and start as steady role players.

Latest on Les Alexander Buying the Dynamo

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After a burst of news last month, the story concerning Houston Rockets' owner Les Alexander buying the Dynamo went silent, but that doesn't mean the wheels weren't turning behind the scenes.

According to separate reports from the Sporting News and the Chronicle, the deal is progressing and couple be wrapped up within the month.

Dempsey Signs with Tottenham: Did MLS Teams Miss Opportunity?

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After spending several seasons with Fulham of the English Premier League, America's best Soccer player was ready for a change.

Clint Dempsey was pursued by different clubs, mostly from EPL and some from other international leagues. He finally made his decision Friday and signed for almost 10 million a year for three years (28.